John McAfee, the cybersecurity and software businessman, was found dead in a Spanish prison cell on Wednesday, the same day the country’s top court ruled he should be extradited to the United States for trial. accusation of saving millions of dollars in taxes.
A Catalan justice official said McAfee’s body had been found in Brians prison, south of Barcelona. The Catalan justice department added in a statement that his death appeared to be suicidal and that the prison services had tried and failed to resuscitate him after he was found in his cell.
Earlier in the day, the Spanish national court ruled that McAfee should be extradited to the United States for “tax crimes related to the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.”
McAfee had been caught custody in Spain October and was remanded in custody. In November, the U.S. embassy sent a formal request for his extradition. U.S. authorities said McAfee had earned more than $ 10 million between 2014 and 2018 but had not paid any taxes, and used the bosses to hide its wealth and income.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, McAfee, which founded the antivirus software company that bears his name, has stolen millions of dollars in revenue from U.S. tax authorities – including from the promotion of cryptocurrencies and from sales of the rights of his life story.
In a scathing testimony last week in which he spoke at length about his political ambitions, McAfee, who first demanded the nomination of the Libertarian Party for the presidency of the United States, told the Spanish court that he had paid millions of dollars in taxes and that their companies had paid billions. He argued that U.S. tax authorities were corrupt.
He added that for someone his age – almost 76 – he would certainly have spent the rest of his life in prison if he were extradited to the United States, and asked the court to “consider these questions.” But the prosecutor in the case accused him of exaggerating his political activity, describing him instead as a “tax rebel, a millionaire who doesn’t want to pay taxes – which is a crime in all countries, including the United States. “.
The court also denied McAfee’s health problems were unfounded, saying he “was not facing a life sentence that would deprive him of liberty for life” if convicted.
McAfee was a highly successful software innovator a decade ago, and sold its McAfee IT security group to Intel for $ 7.6 billion. He fled after the murder of his neighbor in 2012 Belize. Although he has been named as a person of interest in the investigation, has never been charged in connection with the Belize case.
In 2019, McAfee said it had fled the United States on its yacht because it had received criminal tax charges.